Tate Modern and Harrod's

Trip Start Dec 01, 2008
Trip End May 21, 2009

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Monday, December 15, 2008

On my next day off, I retraced my steps, going down Chancery Lane which ended up being a very cool little street.  I'll have to take pictures later.  It's the street which the King's College Campus is on.  I found my way to the river and back to the Tate Modern.  Outside of the Tate Modern was a German Christmas Market.  There were lots of little stalls with souvenir and craft type things as well as lots of food.  I ended up having a cinnamon and sugar crepe though I really liked this sign for the crepes.

Even though I'm not a big fan of modern art, the Tate Modern is free!  It also is a really cool building.  It's a converted power plant and the main hall is known as the Turbine Hall.  It's massive and hosts one exhibition that changed about once a year.

The exhibition for this year was based on the premise that it's the future, and the constant rain in London has caused statues to grow and for everything else to mold and decay.  Umm, I don't really get the whole artsy part of it but it was cool nonetheless.  The best part was the giant spider!

I also recognized the giant apple core by Clais Oldenburg (aka guy who created the giant plug at Oberlin) as I saw it in Pennsylvania at a Frank Lloyd Wright House.

On the way out of the museum, I particularly enjoyed this construction project.

Then I headed off to Harrod's.  Harrod's is a ridiculous store and ridiculously overpriced.  The clothes aren't that exciting.  Designer and boooring.  The store is very snooty and lavishly decorated with Egyptian things.  Tacky, ugly, and lots of fun to look around.  The food halls, obviously, are what you go for.  And, surprisingly, the most affordable place you can go.  It's not good to eat in the store as the sit down ice cream places' prices start at 15 pounds for a sundae.  However, one whole section of the store has ready to eat food, meat pies, quiches, indian food, chinese, japanese, welsh.  There's a chocolate room, a tea room, every cheese known to man.  And of course, a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.  One glazed doughnut will set you back almost 2 pounds.  Luckily, I can always just go to the Krispy Kreme down the street from me.  I actually want to try them here as they are made like they used to make them, on a conveyor belt fresh at each store.

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